Monday, October 22, 2012

George's New Room

Today starts a reveal of all the hard work that went into getting the house ready for guests that came and went a week ago. 


I didn't have a chance to blog or take pictures because I used every single spare second to get things done in time.  Just.  Barely.  I was hanging freshly painted picture frames 20 minutes before guests pulled up. 

More on that in posts to come...

Today reveals my biggest accomplishment for the big visit.  George's room on 3.

Let me start by saying this project reared it's ugly head back in April, here.  Further proof that slow and steady wins the race.  Or: a race can be won during naptimes, holidays at grandma's and daddy days.  Your choice.

Let's review:

Get Me Out of Here...

This is the state of disaster that was the most neglected room in the house.  Our front bedroom on 3 (aka: 3rd floor green room). 

In 2002, when the house was staged for sale, this room was painted a neon-ish green that matched the ikea duvet on the bed.  When we bought the house, this room became a magnet for storage.  Which really means: a dumping ground for 9 years.  Last year, it absorbed almost all of the basement "stuff" from the dig and renovation.  Poor room.

So once we committed to a house full of guests for Henry's annual family birthday party, we decided to clean it up and get stuff out.  Garbage, recycling, goodwill and craigslist.  All of the above, many, many many times.

So here it is favorite...before and afters!!!

Entry Before
Entry After

You haven't even stepped into the room and this is what you see.  Don't you feel like a weight has lifted off your shoulders already?  Your neck muscles aren't so tense anymore?  Wait, is that my outside voice...???



Yes, that is a large picture frame draped in beachtowels and blankets to block light because we moved George into his new room before we finished clearing it out.  We needed his old room on the 2nd floor for guests around this time.  Sorry, third child.

Getting There

But we made it up to him quick.  While the guests were in town we were able to clear a ton of stuff out. 


And now he's got a beautiful (BM) Cloud White view from the top of the house!

What's that?  What does the rest of the room look like?  More before and afters?  Of course.


Yes, George slept with old doors, a steamer, 10+ bins and I don't know how many random empty baskets.  But you couldn't beat his sleep in this room.  It was for the record books.

Getting There

Again, built-in-babysitters-as-guests really helped.


So does a coat of paint, a rug and some pictures.  Ta Da! 
And still sleeping like a champ.

Wait.  So what did George see from his crib through all this?  Glad you asked.

Before - When He First Moved Up
During - When Guests Were In Town
After - Love The View

I love the change.  Although I will say, that closet is still a tricky one for me. 


I don't like the bins on top, but I simply have no where else to put them.  They squeeze in nicely up above even if they are ugly.  And that closet is jam packed full of secrets.  So there they stay until I can figure something else out. 

One of my favorite parts?  I found a great place for those random empty baskets.


Nothing beats going shopping in your own house.

So there you have it...the first, biggest and best project we finished before guests arrived.  Dare I say, George has the most finished room in the house, now.

Poor room, no more!

That lucky third child...

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